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Looking for the perfect holiday villa? Hot off the press this weekend is the Times newspaper’s selection of the 50 best villas in the Med, including our very unique Cupole Arabe in Sicily. Set on the edge of the Monte Cofano Nature Reserve, the three-domed property leads on to a huge terrace with views across plant-filled Mediterranean gardens to the sea. Wander down to the beach or choose from a superb selection of fabulous sandy beaches, all within easy driving distance and ranging from the pocket-villas in sicily sized bays that fringe the Zingaro Nature Reserve to the vast expanse…

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If you think that Sicily is just for honeymooning couples, think again. Alongside holidays in Malta, Montenegro and Greece, our Villa Cocuzzolo was included in The Sun’s round-up of best short-haul sunshine breaks, with or without the kids. Situated close to glamorous Taormina, the three-bedroom villa is also within easy reach of many of eastern Sicily’s coastal towns. There’s plenty to do locally when you want a change from the beach. Etnaland is southern Italy’s largest theme park, with everything from rollercoaster and rapid rides to fabulous water park with slides and pools. Mount Etna remains a constant presence on…

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Italy is one of the top destinations for Times’ readers – no prizes for guessing why! With fabulous beaches and natural landscapes, great food and wine and enough cultural attractions to last a lifetime, a holiday in Italy does seem to tick an awful lot of our boxes. Which makes the compilation of a list of top 50 holidays to Italy quite a challenge! This year’s article included everything from hiking and gastronomic holidays to cycling, sailing and prosecco weekends. For anyone who fancies the idea of being able to chat with the locals, the Times picked up on our…

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Thanks to the Daily Telegraph for including two of our villas in Sicily in their round-up of 75 Perfect Family Escapes, the first in a Telegraph series of expert travel guides for 2018. With ideas as diverse as Costa Rica to Umbria and the Dordogne to Valencia, we were thrilled to be in such great company! First up was a selection of best holidays for Babies and Toddlers. Villa Forma dell’Acqua is a six-bedroom stylish Sicilian villa that is ideal for a big gathering of family or friends. Together with a fabulous pool, the villa has a toddler play area…

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We have always known that Sicily is a stunning destination for a honeymoon but it is always good when a wedding magazine agrees with you! Wed magazine is packed with great ideas for your big day and for a magical honeymoon so we were delighted when they decided to showcase two of our favourite honeymoon villas. Perched above the harbour at Pozzillo on Sicily’s east coast, Terrazza sul Mare offers a slice of authentic Sicily. Buy fresh seafood from the ‘pescheria’ opposite the apartment, linger over leisurely meals on the vast sea-facing terrace and wander down to the rocks to…

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The first half term of the school year is often the hardest, not helped by the prospect of chilly weather and long, dark evenings. On top of that, everyone has to re-set their system after a long summer break and get used to new schedules, teachers and routines. Which is why the October half-term break is such a great time to get away and set everyone up for the hectic lead-up to Christmas. In Sicily, average temperatures are still nudging the low 20’s which means that al fresco lunches and days on the beach are still very much an option.…

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Wellness Central is a one-stop shop for getting the best out of life, from wellness to lifestyle, and from travel to fitness, so it was great to see our yoga holidays featured amongst their holiday recommendations this month. Offering maximum feel good factor, a Wish Sicily yoga holiday includes daily tuition with a dedicated yoga teacher, with accommodation in a luxury villa with a private pool in Sicily. If the thought of short winter days and leaden skies fills you with dread, booking a Spring break in the sun will keep you going through those long dark nights. Available in…

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When it comes to holiday plans, making sure that you are booking at the best possible time is never easy.  AOL Travel includes advice from Wish Sicily founder, Gioacchino Sortino, in a recent article on early bird bookings, but for a more in-depth look at booking a villa holiday in Sicily, here are a few tips. The first step is understanding exactly how airlines organise their pricing. Is it best to book flights as soon as they are released or is it worth waiting to see if prices will come down? The same goes for accommodation. It is never easy…

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Thanks to Liz Boulter at the Guardian for her incredibly comprehensive guide to Eastern Sicily. Liz leaves no stone unturned, from Portopalo di Capo Passero in the south to Milazzo in the north. In between, there are plenty of excellent tips on what to see, where to eat and where to stay in the popular locations of Taormina and Syracuse and in towns and villages that are slightly more off the beaten track. For an affordable stay just outside Syracuse, the Guardian recommends our Villa Lo Scoglio, a spacious two-bedroom villa, set amidst bougainvillea-clad terraces and gardens, with sweeping sea…

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Did you know that you can holiday in Sicily, France, Spain, Jamaica and the Big Apple for under £50 a night? The April issue of Prima magazine is packed with good ideas on how to make your holiday budget stretch that little bit further and includes all types of accommodation from camping and home stays to a hip hotel in Brooklyn. For something best suited to the family, or for anyone looking for a week’s sunshine in a villa with a private pool, Prima recommends Wish Sicily’s Casa Turchina. The villa has three bedrooms, two with direct access to the…

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Our thanks to Marie Claire editor, Trish Halpin, who writes about her stay at Villa Atena in the magazine’s April issue: ‘Our base is the sleek Villa Atena, a modern three-bedroom house set on a hilltop, with views across villages to the coast. Light and airy with bright pink feature walls and sofas, the living space opens up via floor-to-ceiling windows to a stone terrace and sparkling pool.  It’s perfect for super-hot Sicilian days …’ During her one-week stay, Trish managed to squeeze in visits to Ragusa Ibla and the Castello di Donnafugata and beach trips to Marina di Ragusa…

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Sicily – and Wish Sicily – is in good company in this week’s Woman’s Own magazine where it sits alongside Japan, Madeira, Cornwall and Holland in a feature on holidays for flower-lovers. In Sicily, the first signs of Spring appear as early as March but visitors have to wait until May for the spectacular L’Infiorata di Noto, a flower festival in the baroque town of Noto in south east Sicily. During the event, which takes place over the third weekend of May, the palazzo-lined Via Nicolaci is transformed into a carpet of flower-filled mosaic-style pictures.   Take your pick from…

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AOL’s recent round-up of the best beach holidays for 2017 includes our ever-popular Villa Renata, a 4-bedroom villa with a pool and a garden gate that leads straight on to the sandy beach at Fontane Bianche. The fabulous beachfront setting means that you can pop down to the beach for an early morning swim in the sea and spend leisurely days lazing by the pool. If you want to venture a little further afield, the stunning crescent-shaped Calamosche beach, on the fringes of the Vendicari nature reserve, is easily accessible. Most of August at Villa Renata has been snapped up…

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A Wish Sicily adventure on Mount Etna is just one of the excit ing ideas featured in AOL Travel’s round-up of once-in-lifetime family holidays.  Our new adventure activity programme includes a variety of fun ways for families to explore Europe’s highest and most active volcano. Depending on the age of your children, you can choose from half and full day off-road Jeep tours, mountain bike excursions and quad bike tours or a selection of hikes and guided walks which really allow you to appreciate the extraordinary nature of the volcano. All our villas on the slopes of Mount Etna have…

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If you are planning a holiday to Italy this year, then the Times’ round-up of the 50 Best Holidays to Italy is an excellent place to start your search. Featuring trips for foodies, families and culture seekers, the enticing selection of holidays ranges from Trentino in the north to Sicily in the far south, with just about everywhere in between. We were delighted to see Wish Sicily’s Villa Idda included in the category of best new places to stay in Italy. Highlights of this fabulously stylish villa range from a master bedroom with sunken bath to a double height lounge…

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Christmas may be approaching fast but, according to the Sunday Times, now is the time to grab the best holidays in Europe. Although January is traditionally seen as the prime booking period for booking a European summer holiday, the paper reports that the quest for ‘safe’ destinations, and a situation in 2016 where demand outstripped supply, means that peak season villa holidays are selling at record levels. So if you are looking for good value in the most sought after destinations, it is definitely time to turn your thoughts from Christmas gift-buying to summer holiday bookings. We were thrilled to…

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Our recently-introduced cookery courses and gourmet experiences are proving to be a big hit with many of our guests who are keen to travel beyond the beach to explore more of the island. Spending a few hours visiting local vineyards and farms and tasting some of the island’s best food and wine provides the perfect opportunity to see more of the island’s gorgeous rural landscape and is also a great way of learning more about the island and its history. Our multi-sensory tasting and cooking experience close to Ragusa in south east Sicily is a popular option. As diehard Bake…

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We were delighted to once again see ourselves featured in the pages of the Times travel supplement, this time by way of a recommendation by the Times Travel Doctor to a larger group looking for a villa in Sicily with a pool. Situated on the outskirts of Trecastagni, on the slopes of Mount Etna, Villa Rosa Antica is a great option for a group of friends seeking plenty of living space and several en suite bedrooms – the villa actually has room for up to 13 people, with seven bedrooms and bathrooms. The gardens at Rosa Antica are equally spacious,…

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Thanks to Hero & Leander, the online magazine crammed with inspirational travel and lifestyle tips for couples, for including Modica in its recent post on some of Europe’s most eye-catching picture perfect towns. With its grand baroque architecture, old medieval quarter and web of narrow lanes and stairways, the town is definitely one to be added to your must-see list if you’re visiting south east Sicily. Down in Modica Bassa, the more modern lower part of town, cafés and chocolate shops line the main Corso Umberto; while in Modica Alta, the highlight is the flamboyant Duomo di San Giorgio, with…

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MORE THAN JUST A HOLIDAY Wish Sicily included in the Times’ round-up of family holidays with an educational twist   Just how educational do you want your holiday to be? As stories emerge of parents taking tutors on family holidays and holiday companies offering language lessons, there’s little doubt that just being in a different environment and absorbing the local culture can be hugely educational. Add to that some exceptional geographical features and a bit of ancient history, and you’re on to a winner! The Times newspaper’s feature on holiday breaks that inspire and educate includes staying in one of…